James Collins leaves his dear old mother and goes West, where he becomes connected with the Bar Diamond Outfit. He finds the life of a cowboy arduous and the pay meager. The possibilities ... See full summary »
Jack Richardson heads out west to make his fortune -- by cattle rustling. When his aged mother comes out to see her boy, who has written her he is on the point of success, the ranch hands who shot him agree to tell her that Jack was the hero of the event -- and they all adopt each other.
Although this plot has been used elsewhere --most notably by William Hrt in BLUE BLAZES RAWDEN, the elaborations in those versions seem to reduce the work to a farce. Here, there is no time for elaboration. Instead, director Allan Dwan tells his story by compositions and it works. The tight group shot that ends the movie tells you that these people have really bonded.